I absolutely adore picture books. I can think of few mediums better suited to creating beauty. Today, after thinking about that for a while, I decided I needed a picture book fix, so I sat down with a heap and read them. It was lovely.
I was looking at the artwork, and noticing how incredibly incredible it can be. So I here share some of my favorites. Each of these is a masterpiece-- most of them worthy of being framed, in my opinion. I have always thought that when I have my own house I will frame picture book pictures-- including several of those here.
(a note-- before you protest that there is nothing here from either Goodnight Moon or The Runaway Bunny, I will say that I love these books so much that I could never possibly pick one picture from them, and besides, we all know that they are wonderful. It's one of those self-evident truths that doesn't need pointing out.)
From Little Bear. The expression on her face says it all.
From The Little House. This is sheer brilliance-- how does a house convey such big emotions?
Two delightfully ridiculous Dr. Seuss illustrations, from Fox in Sox and The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins respectively.
From Owl Babies. I am endlessly fascinated by how those little owl eyes somehow manage to look fearful. When Spuddy Buddy was little, we would read this to him and substitute we three kids' names for Sara, Percy, and Bill, the names of the owlets in the story.
From The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree (don't you love Barbara Cooney?) and The Showdown at Lonesome Pellet, repectively. The radish hat just kills me.
From Trouble With Trolls, my favorite Jan Brett book. I think their noses are adorable.
From The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey, one of the most achingly beautiful books I've ever seen. Lucious.
...and this from A Day With Wilbur Robinson, quite possibly the most insane picture book ever. The entire book is like this!
From Tea for Frances, one of my oldest and dearest book-friends. It was one of the first I ever read to myself. "Remember, no backsies!"
And last but by no means least, three pictures from one of the most incredible picture books ever, The Little Fur Family. I would post every picture from this book if I could-- they're all wonderful. One of my earliest memories is of Queenie reading this to me.